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ECLIPSE car entertainment unit features removeable standalone GPS navigation unit

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January 7, 2009

The Fujitsu AVN4430 car entertainment and navigation system

The Fujitsu AVN4430 car entertainment and navigation system

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January 7, 2008 Fujitsu Ten Limited's latest all-in-one car entertainment system incorporates CD, DVD, MP3, WMA, iPod audio and video, Bluetooth phone integration and a fully-featured TomTom navigation system - all mounted in the dash so no part of the driver's line of sight to the road is obscured. The unit's touch-screen is removeable, and acts as a standalone GPS nav system when it's not attached to the main unit.

The ECLIPSE AVN4430 is a kitchen-sink-included, iPod-ready entertainment system with a TomTom GPS navigation unit and Bluetooth phone communications that's retro-fittable to any car dash - replicating the high-end consoles found in luxury cars as opposed to fitting GPS and DVD viewing units separately around the car.

When detached from the main unit, the screen operates as a pocket-sized battery-powered navigation unit - this makes it easy to connect up with a computer, at which point additional TomTom content can be downloaded, or mount in another vehicle, using the optional extra bracket.

The AVN4430 has a pretty comprehensive feature list, including:

  • CD, DVD, CD-R/RW, MP3, WMA
  • iPod/iPhone audio and video, controlled through the console
  • USB port
  • TomTom GPS navigation
  • 4.3" WQVGA display with touch control
  • Removable screen, acts as standalone nav unit
  • Bluetooth phone integration
  • Handsfree calling and voice recognition
  • Steering wheel button control (depending on make of car
  • )

    The unit looks and feels great at the Vegas CES, and will go on sale this month for a retail price of USD$850. Nice.

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